Outside of school, I served as president of the Jolly Trio 4-H Club in Van Buren County. Through 4-H, I took educational presentations to the Iowa State Fair and enjoyed livestock judging, classical literature, public speaking, hippology, and horse quiz bowl. I also got my first horse. In addition, I showed hogs at the Van Buren County Fair and was named the 2012 Van Buren County Fair Junior Miss.
One of my other interests is raising rabbits, which I’ve done for years. I was able to attend the National American Rabbit Breeders Convention in 2010, 2011, and 2012. I was a member of the 2012 Team Iowa Intermediate team which placed second in intermediate team judging. I was also named third runner-up American Rabbit Breeders Association Duchess.
My favorite part of the rabbit hobby would have to be showmanship. I love being able to tell the judges everything I know about my rabbit. I also really enjoy writing comments for judges—I learn so much! I can see how the judge places a breed that I don’t have, and why he or she placed the breed that way.”